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Merseybeat star flies out to daughter

GERRY Marsden has flown to America after his youngest daughter was injured in a hit-and-run crash.

Gerry Marsden has flown to America after his youngest daughter was injured in a hit-and-run crash.

Victoria Marsden was one of two British women struck by the car shortly after leaving the News Cafe in the South Beach district of Miami, Florida.

Her friend Victoria Ellis, also from Wirral, Merseyside, was seriously injured in the incident and is said to be "critical but stable" in the Jackson Memorial Hospital where she is being treated for head injuries.

Miss Marsden, believed to be 21, has since been released from South Shore hospital on Miami Beach.

Father-of-two Gerry, 59, who penned the classic hit Ferry Across The Mersey, has flown to the US to be with Victoria.

His manager Derek Franks said: "Gerry flew to America yesterday. We know that Victoria is not critically hurt. I am waiting for him to call and expect to release a statement later."

The family of Victoria Ellis are also understood to have travelled to America to be by the 21-year-old student's bedside.

The friends had just left the 24-hour restaurant and were crossing Ocean Drive when they were struck by the car at around 6am local time. Witnesses told police the driver sped off after hitting the women and Miami Beach Police Department is hunting for the car which is said to have a broken mirror after the hit-and-run.

Major Carlos Noreiga, of the Miami Beach Police Department, said last night: "On Sunday 27 at 6.12am on the 800 block of Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, an unknown-type foreign vehicle struck two female pedestrians.

"One of the victims sustained massive head trauma and the other sustained serious injuries, which were not life-threatening. She was released from hospital after treatment, but the first victim remains in a critical condition."


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